by M. J. Joachim
It seems fitting to join the barrage of online information regarding Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation. He’s the first pope to do so since the early 1400’s.
I’ve always wondered how top leaders handle aging and the toll it takes on one physically and mentally, with their responsibilities. Effective leadership demands a clear mind and heart – physical woes can be adapted, but the mind and heart must remain intact, with full clarity of all faculties.
For whatever reason, advanced age being the one cited by the Pope, it gives me a deep sense of peace knowing Pope Benedict made a thoughtful decision as a true global leader. In determining what is best for the Catholic Church and our faith, he opted to step down, because in his heart of hearts, he knew he couldn’t continue as he needed to.
Pope Benedict also said he will continue to serve through a life of prayer. This gives me great comfort. Never underestimate the power of prayer. This world may look like the here and now, but there is so much more to it – things the eye cannot see, unless it looks through the lens of the soul.
Please pray for Pope Benedict XVI and for our future pope also. Easter is a season of renewal. Catholics throughout the world will be celebrating this year, with a new pope ushering in a season of change. May it please God to bless this anticipatory time in our Church.
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